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USDA: 2021 cotton plantings expected to drop less than 1%

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its perspective planting report for 2021, and it shows U.S. cotton growers plan to plant about 12.03 million acres — or less than a 1% reduction nationwide compared to 2020. Upland area is estimated at 11.9 million acres, up slightly from 2020. American Pima area is estimated at 142,000 ... Read More »

Coronavirus assistance expands for producers

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 provides additional CFAP assistance for producers of eligible row crops under CFAP 2. Row crops eligible for CFAP 2 include: alfalfa, amaranth grain, barley, buckwheat, canola, corn, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, upland cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, ... Read More »

Crop market looks strong, producers book fall loads

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Alabama’s row crop producers are seeing rising prices and a positive crop market outlook, alongside producers throughout the United States. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Economist Wendiam Sawadgo said prices are definitely higher than the ones producers have seen in the past few years. Factors influencing crop markets “There have been a few factors at play,” Sawadgo said. “Trade with China—especially ... Read More »

Researchers collaborate to help Carolina cotton growers conserve soil

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Earth’s population is expected to increase by more than 2 billion people by 2050 and, to help ensure there is enough food and fiber to go around, keeping soils healthy is crucial. Bhupinder Farmaha, a soil nutrient management specialist at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center, believes using cover crops and conservation tillage in cotton may be just what the ... Read More »

Requesting Real Relief

As it did throughout 2020, the National Cotton Council will seek any necessary COVID-19-related assistance for its members in 2021. ■ What recent actions were taken, relief provided? The NCC engaged with congressional members and their staff to underscore the economic harm the pandemic continued to inflict on the cotton industry. We conveyed our priorities and sought relief in an ... Read More »

USDA, Georgia work to raise awareness of seed coat fragments

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service to collaborate with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to raise awareness and further examine the significant increase in seed coat fragments in cotton produced in the southeast region. So far in the 2020 cotton season, the AMS Macon, Georgia, Classing Office has classed 2.2 ... Read More »

CRP signup runs through Feb. 12

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Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program  can sign up for the program through Feb. 12. The competitive program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “This signup for the Conservation Reserve Program gives producers and landowners an opportunity to enroll for the first ... Read More »